America Rising PAC Calls For Clinton Foundation

Transparency
Arlington, VA – In response to Hillary Clinton‟s announcement that her speaking fees
from colleges and universities would be donated to her family‟s foundation, the Bill,
Hillary and Chelsea Foundation, America Rising PAC Executive Director Tim Miller
called on the foundation to release a series of records on its spending practices as well as
a full accounting of which honoraria for paid speaking events are donated. This includes
the immediate release of the Foundation‟s IRS Form 990 for 2013 which was required
by law to be submitted to the IRS by May 15th, plus additional documentation on staff
as well as expenditures related to travel, events and celebrities.
Hillary Clinton's claim that university speaking fees would be sent to the Clinton
Foundation was made as damage control following a series of revelations about the
"obscene" rate she was bilking UNLV and other universities for.
But The Clinton Foundation has in recent years spent funds employing senior Democrat
political aides who may staff Clinton's presidential campaign, financed opulent
gatherings for the Clinton Global Initiative, and spent eyebrow raising funds on travel
and lodging, expenditures which do not appear to fulfill what Hillary Clinton called “life-
changing and life-saving work.”
“After mounting political pressure, Hillary Clinton chose to donate her near $2 million
speaking fees from colleges and universities – many of whom are raising tuition on
cash-strapped students to her own foundation, opening the door to questions about just
how that foundation is spending money.” said America Rising PAC Executive Director
Tim Miller. “In the past, the Clinton Foundation has spent millions on opulent travel
and lodging for her family, financed glitzy, celebrity-fueled donor events and paid key
Democratic aides who would likely play key roles in her presidential campaign. For
Americans to credibly believe these speaking fees are being donated to charitable
endeavors, the foundation must be transparent about how and where it has spent its
millions since Hillary Clinton joined last year.”
America Rising PAC is calling upon Hillary Clinton to release the following information
about the expenditures of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in 2013 and
2014, including but not limited to:
1. The Clinton Foundation's form 990 for 2013 - which was required by law to be
submitted to the IRS by 5/15.



2. Any financial audits from an audit committee that the foundation was advised to
create following a 2011 internal review led by Simpson Thacher.
3. A full list of foundation staff or paid consultants who have previously worked as staff
or paid consultants to the following staffs or organizations run by the Clintons or the
Democratic party:
o The State Department from January 2009 to January 2013.
o The White House from January 2009 to present.
o The Obama for America 2012 campaign.
o The Democratic National Committee from January 1993 to present.
o Hillary Clinton‟s Senate office from January 2001 to January 2009.
o Political staff at the White House and executive agencies from January 1993 to
January 2001.
4. Total funds spent on entertainment, production and security-related vendors
supporting CGI meetings in 2013-14
5. Total funds spent on travel for donors or celebrities by the Clinton Foundation,
including but not limited to CGI meetings for 2013-14
6. All travel expenditures taken by Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton or Chelsea Clinton that
were billed to the Clinton Foundation, including private air travel, lodging, ground
travel, security, food and entertainment and other related expenses during 2013-14
7. A full accounting of which paid speaking engagements for which Hillary Clinton
either directed the honoraria to go to the Clinton Foundation or personally donated the
honoraria to the Clinton Foundation.
8. A full accounting of which paid speaking engagements, in 2013 and 2014, for which
Bill Clinton either directed the honoraria to go to the Clinton Foundation or personally
donated the honoraria to the Clinton Foundation.
Background
Clinton Said All Fees From Colleges And Universities Have Been Donated
To Her Family’s Foundation
On July 4, Clinton Said All Her Speaking Fees From Colleges And
Universities Have Been Donated To The Clinton Foundation “To Continue
Its Life-Changing And Life-Saving Work.” “„All of the fees have been donated to
the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it



goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,‟ Clinton said when asked
about the criticism she and her husband have faced recently for their wealth.” (Liz Kreutz,
“Hillary Clinton Says She‟s Donated All University Speaking Fees,” ABC News, 7/4/14)
CLINTON FOUNDATION AUDIT COMMITTEE
An Internal Review Recommended The Clinton Foundation Create An Audit
Committee
In 2011, Simpson Thacher Conducted An Audit At The Request Of The
Clinton Foundation. “The Board and management believed that the 10th anniversary
of the Foundation was an opportune time to review the Foundation‟s policies and
operations. Organizations move through life cycles, and it is common for an
organization to operate in a more informal manner in its early days. As the organization
grows and becomes more complex, it is common to review the organization‟s operations
to implement more robust governance and operating procedures.” (Simpson Thacher, Corporate
Review, 8/16/13)
Among Its Recommendations Was The Creation Of An Audit Committee
Within The Foundation. “Consider establishing an audit committee to select, retain,
evaluate, and terminate the independent auditor; periodically review the terms of the
auditor‟s engagement; oversee the auditor‟s engagement; review the annual audit
report; review the adoption and implementation of internal controls; review any
whistleblower complaints involving financial matters; and review any potential conflict-
of-interest transactions.” (Simpson Thacher, Corporate Review, 8/16/13)
CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE SPENDING
In 2013, When Hillary Joined Her Family Foundation, The Clinton Global
Initiative Was Reincorporated Within The Clinton Foundation
In 2013, The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) – Which Had Been Separately
Incorporated While Hillary Clinton Served As Secretary Of State – Was
Reincorporated Into The Clinton Foundation. “The Clinton Global Initiative was
separately incorporated during fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012 at the request of the
Obama Administration while Secretary Clinton was in office. As a result, CGI filed
separate 990s with the IRS during that time. In 2013, when Secretary Clinton left office,
CGI returned to the Clinton Foundation.” (Clinton Foundation, 7/7/14)
In 2012, Spending On CGI Meetings Amounted To A Majority Of CGI’s
Expenses – At Least $16.3 Million



The Clinton Foundation Has “Catered To Donors And Celebrities Who Gave
Money In Ways That Raised Eyebrows In The Low-Key Nonprofit World.”
“Amid those shortfalls, the foundation has sometimes catered to donors and celebrities
who gave money in ways that raised eyebrows in the low-key nonprofit world.” (Nicholas
Confessore and Amy Chozick, “Unease At Clinton Foundation Over Finances And Ambitions,” The New York Times, 8/13/13)
In 2012, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Total Expenses Were $28,222,117.
(The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
Of These Expenses, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Expenses On Annual
Meetings Added Up To $25,330,457. (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
· Of These Expenses, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Expenses On The CGI
Annual Meeting Were $22,118,575. (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
· Of These Expenses, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Expenses On The CGI
University Meeting Were $1,196,356. (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
· Of These Expenses, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Expenses On The CGI
Americas Meeting Were $2,015,526. (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
Subtracting Grants, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Expenses On Annual
Meetings Added Up To $16,354,585, A Majority Of The Organization’s
Expenses. (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
In 2012, CGI Paid Hundreds Of Thousands To High-End Production And
Executive Security Firms
In 2012, The Clinton Global Initiative Paid Creative And Production Film
Five Currents LLC $792,231 For Performing Services As “Executive
Producers.” (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
· Five Currents Website (Five Currents, Accessed 7/7/14)
In 2012, The Clinton Global Initiative Paid Lankey Limey LTD $520,765 For
Performing Services As “Technical Producer.” (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
· Lankey Limey LTD Website (Lankey Limey LTD, Accessed 7/7/14)
In 2012, The Clinton Global Initiative Paid Stage Call Inc. $479,948 For
Performing Services As “Stage Crew Providers.” (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
· Stage Call Inc. Website (Stage Call Inc., Accessed 7/7/14)
In 2012, The Clinton Global Initiative Paid T&M Protection Resources
$262,220 For Performing “Security Services.” (The Clinton Global Initiative, Form 990, 2012)
· T&M Protection Services Website (T&M Protection Services, Accessed 7/7/14)



Spending On Opulence
In 2009, CGI Purchased A First-Class Ticket For Actress Natalie Portman
Who “Brought Her Beloved Yorkie.” “In 2009, during a Clinton Global Initiative
gathering at the University of Texas at Austin, the foundation purchased a first-class
ticket for the actress Natalie Portman, a special guest, who brought her beloved Yorkie,
according to two former foundation employees.” (Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick, “Unease At
Clinton Foundation Over Finances And Ambitions,” The New York Times, 8/13/13)
CLINTON FOUNDATION SPENDING ON TRAVEL
Since 2003, The Clinton Foundation Has Spent More Than $50 Million On
Travel
The Clinton Foundation Has Spent More Than $50 Million On Travel
Expenses Since 2003. “Bill Clinton‟s foundation has spent more than $50 million on
travel expenses since 2003, an analysis of the non-profit‟s tax forms reveal.” (Geoff Earle, “Bill
Clinton Foundation Has Spent More Than $50M On Travel Expenses,” New York Post, 8/12/13)
In 2011, The Clinton Associated Foundations Spent $12.1 Million On Travel.
“The web of foundations run by the former president spent an eye-opening $12.1 million
on travel in 2011 alone, according to an internal audit conducted by foundation
accountants. That‟s enough to by 12,000 air tickets costing $1,000 each, or 33 air tickets
each day of the year.” (Geoff Earle, “Bill Clinton Foundation Has Spent More Than $50M On Travel Expenses,” New York
Post, 8/12/13)
· The William J. Clinton Foundation Spent $4.2 Million On Travel That
Year. “That overall figure includes travel costs for the William J. Clinton Foundation
(to which Hillary and Chelsea are now attached) of $4.2 million on travel in 2011, the
most recent year where figures are available.” (Geoff Earle, “Bill Clinton Foundation Has Spent More Than
$50M On Travel Expenses,” New York Post, 8/12/13)
· “The Clinton Global Health Initiative Spent Another $730,000 On Travel,
While The Clinton Health Action Initiative (CHAI) Spent $7.2 Million On
Travel.” (Geoff Earle, “Bill Clinton Foundation Has Spent More Than $50M On Travel Expenses,” New York Post, 8/12/13)
The Clintons Use John Catsimatidis’s, A 2013 New York Mayoral Candidate,
Private Plane
In May, The New York Times Reported That The Clintons Were Flying On A
Gulfstream IV Owned By New York Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis.
“The Gulfstream IV, an airborne lap of plush-leather luxury, hopscotched around the
country over the past few days, breezing into Chicago; Orlando, Fla.; and Little Rock,
Ark. Its owner, John A. Catsimatidis, the billionaire grocery store owner and Republican



candidate for mayor, was not aboard. So who was? Several clues to this aeronautical
mystery have emerged. Each stop of the blue-and-white jet, outfitted with eight flat-
panel TVs, corresponded to a location where former President Bill Clinton; his wife,
former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; or both appeared from Thursday to
Saturday, flight records show.” (Michael Barbaro, “Mayoral Candidate Says Clintons Have Used His Private Jet,” The
New York Times’ “City Room,” 5/7/13)
Catsimatidis On Clinton’s Use Of His Jet: “He Uses It A Lot.” “Asked about Mr.
Clinton and the Gulfstream IV on Monday night, the supermarket magnate could barely
suppress his pride at shuttling around the one-time leader of the free world: „He uses it a
lot.‟ So much so, he said, that „I can confirm he is on it today.‟” (Michael Barbaro, “Mayoral Candidate
Says Clintons Have Used His Private Jet,” The New York Times’ “City Room,” 5/7/13)
On The Trip In Question, The Jet, Owned By Catsimatidis’ Private Jet
Company, Took The Clintons From Orlando To Little Rock To Chicago And
Finally To Westchester. “During that three-day span, a Gulfstream jet with a tail
number traced to Mr. Catsimatidis‟s company traveled to the Orlando area, where Mr.
Clinton delivered a college commencement speech; to Little Rock, where Mr. Clinton
and Mrs. Clinton observed the dedication of an airport in their names; to Chicago,
where the couple attended an award dinner held in Mr. Clinton‟s honor; and finally to
Westchester, N.Y., where the Clintons have a home.” (Michael Barbaro, “Mayoral Candidate Says Clintons
Have Used His Private Jet,” The New York Times’ “City Room,” 5/7/13)
“Catsimatidis Said He Regularly Donated Time On His Plane, Which Can
Command Around $6,000 An Hour, To Mr. Clinton’s Foundation.” “Mr.
Catsimatidis said he regularly donated time on his plane, which can command around
$6,000 an hour, to Mr. Clinton‟s foundation. A longtime campaign contributor, he
joined the illustrious, and later infamous, list of donors who spent the night in the
Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton administration.” (Michael Barbaro, “Mayoral Candidate Says
Clintons Have Used His Private Jet,” The New York Times’ “City Room,” 5/7/13)
BILL CLINTON SPEAKING FEES
From January 2001 To January 2013, Bill Clinton Was Paid Over $100
Million For Paid Speaking Engagements. “Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9
million for 542 speeches around the world between January 2001, when he left the
White House, and January 2013, when Hillary stepped down as secretary of state,
according to a Washington Post review of the family‟s federal financial disclosures.”
(Philip Rucker, Tom Hamburger and Alexander Becker, “How The Clintons Went From „Dead Broke‟ To Rich: Bill Earned $104.9
Million For Speeches,” The Washington Post, 6/26/14)

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